You can use translation websites for English to Japanese and Japanese to English translations. When you use a translation site that is available for free online, the interpreter is a computer, not a human. Human translations are more accurate and more expensive. If you need professional translations, you should hire Japanese translators. Translating websites are fine for personal use and for help on reading foreign translations.
How to use Google translate
When you go to Google translate, you can either type text into the open text box field, copy and paste text into the box, or enter the URL of a website that is written in Japanese. Google will automatically detect the original language in which the text is written. You can override the language if Google is not choosing the correct language.
Choosing the language
After you have chosen the language, you can choose the language to translate the text into. In this way, you can move back and forth between English to Japanese and Japanese to English translations. When you go to Translate.google.com, you will notice that the English is usually American Standardised English, and the spellings in the translation are American English. Alternative translations When you are finished translating your text, Google will offer the option for alternative translations. This is helpful because the words are refined and you have more options. Computer translators have difficulty with slang and homophones, so the alternative translating service is useful. Gmail or Google chat You can also use Google translate when you are using Gmail or Google chat, so that you can communicate with a friend who reads Japanese with the Google chat/Gmail service.
How to use Yahoo for translations
Yahoo uses Babel Fish for translation. You can enter up to 150 words in the Babel Fish text box at Babelfish.yahoo.com. You can also enter a URL in the web address field if you want to translate a website. Yahoo has a drop down menu for 'to-from' languages, so you can choose English to Japanese or Japanese to English. Bable Fish box If you frequently need to use Yahoo translation tools, you can add the Bable Fish box to your toolbar, so you can use the language converter without having to go to the website. Yahoo also makes it easy to search for translated text online, which is a good way to check the grammar and mechanics of your translation.